Saturday, January 10, 2015

New York City

Ever since I was in 1st grade, I had looked forward to the traditional Senior trip to New York. It symbolized age. It symbolized being the top tier at my school. It symbolized freedom. And finally, it came time to pack my bags, charge my camera, and prepare myself for freezing temperatures. 
After waking up at 4:30 (WAY too early), my family and I reached the airport, and I prepared myself to say goodbye for a week. 

When our flight arrived at JFK, you could feel the excitement in my grade. We had all been looking so forward to this trip, and it was finally here. The trip, however, did get off to a rocky start. Our bus broke down just a few blocks from our hotel. We had to wait thirty or so minutes before a new bus came and picked us up. Once we got to our hotel, the chaperones (or chaps, as we like to call them) let us free. We could walk around the city for hours by ourselves. This kind of shocked me. While we are 17 or 18 years old, this was a school trip. The school was liable for us. But, never mind that. 

I loved walking the city with my friends. It's something I think everybody needs to do. There is just something different about exploring the unknown with your tight knit "gang". Once my friends and I went to lunch (New York style pizza of course), we walked around "the city that never sleeps". 

We first headed to Rockefeller Center to check out the abnormally large Christmas tree. Needless to say, it was extremely disappointing. Maybe because the tree had been out for so long, but it just looked sad. 

Later that night, my class attended Wicked. I had seen the show before, but I loved seeing it again. I love the sarcasm, music, and characters. It was great seeing my classmates' reactions to the play. Even the boys got into it. ("Popular" was sung the rest of the trip).

The next day, our class ventured into the subway to head to Battery Park, Wall Street, and Freedom Tower. Battery Park was beautiful. I loved how the historic city buildings surrounded the calm park. My friends and I really got a kick out of reenacting this statue. 

One amazing feature of the park was the golden orb that once stood between the Twin Towers. Damaged from the attack, the orb stood in the pathway of the Freedom Tower as a remembrance of that tragic day. 

Next, the fifty or so students of my Senior class headed to Wall Street and our country's first capital building. I'm a huge history nerd, so seeing this historic landmark was truly remarkable. 

Lastly, we headed to Freedom Tower. I was only four when the attacks took place, so it was really interesting to learn more about that tragic day. The museum is done tremendously. It truly gives insight to the horrors of September 11. It is definitely something everybody needs to see. 

1 comment:

  1. So glad that you had such a fun trip! (And I'm glad that you got to fly into JFK! Laguardia is my least favorite airport... Ever!)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass